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Rust Vol. 1: A Visitor in the Field Hardcover – December 13, 2011
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You know something is different about Rust when you start reading and find the title page after 30 pages of prologue about the war and during that prologue only 10 words total are spoken. Rust relies so much on art to tell its story that at times I found myself lost in this beautifully illustrated world.
When Rust does use words, it does so in such an unusual but natural way. Most of the narrative early in the book, and peppered throughout, come from the main character's letters that he writes to his unseen "Dad" which brings a nostalgia and immediate sense of personal loss to the story that I could immediately empathize with.
A note about the hardcover edition: I've never seen a more attractive binding on a graphic novel! The hardback cover is rust colored with silver imprinted ink for the titles with two full color pictures on the front and back. Each of the 192 pages are in full color and printed on matte (non-glossy) pages. Everything about it emphasizes the "novel" in graphic novel. Very well made and immensely collectible.
It's clear that this is only one in a series from Lepp, but what a start! One of the best graphic novels to come out in a long time and highly recommended.
This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.
MILD SPOILER. Of course, the Rocket Boy is the stranger. The past is a vaguely described, because vaguely remembered, war. We aren't in the Old West. Rather, the odd and dated feel of the narrative owes a lot to the "oil and electric battery"-punk feel of the technology. The overall look of this project is very World War I - beiges and browns and mustard yellows - slightly old-fashioned, bordering on austere.
There is minimal dialogue, but the story is crystal clear. The drawing is very expressive, and the development of the story is patient and economical. But, even with just a bit of dialogue, a touch of monologuing, and a crisp drawing style the story builds up real momentum and interest never flags.
This is the first volume in a trilogy, (now planned, I understand, to encompass four volumes), and if desolation and a sense of gathering threat whets your interest, then this is a book worth sampling.
In the aftermath of a war involving humans and robots, Roman is a struggling farmer assisted by the mysterious, jetpacked Jet Jones. The story is nowhere near as sci-fi as the premise suggests; it is simple, offers the standard number of twists, and involves quality, meaningful characters. What really brings this story home is the unforgettable artwork.
Like the plot, the art is clear, simple, and the color palette strictly consists of earthly browns and yellows, appropriate for the farm lifestyle depicted. What makes it truly stand out is the beauty of the action choreography: blurred lines, fade effects, and easy readability truly makes for a movie-like experience. Each panel contains a distinct purpose, and the art's effective communication alternately means light dialogue, without sacrificing depth or comprehension.
But as outstanding as the story-telling may be, some of the figure drawings lack consistency, particularly with Roman. It can be overlooked, but it is a flaw that resonates in my mind.
The hardcover itself is beautiful: no dust-jacket, the silver lettering and cover illustrations printed directly on the cover, and thick, matte pages make this an admirable book prior to being read.
Unfortunately, 'Rust' is a series and NOT a standalone book. I couldn't hide my disappointment upon realizing this after flipping the final page, but it excites me to know there are more of these to come. Any and all fans of the comic-book medium should give Rust a chance, and then eagerly await the next book with the rest of us.
Written and illustrated by Royden Lepp, this graphic novel, the first in a series of four, is a phenomenal introduction to this visual story.
The text and speech of the story is very minimal, and Lepp effectively uses the visual to move the narrative along and convey some very deep emotions.
I came across this book after reading Lepp's "David: The Shepherd Song" (which unfortunately was never completed). I greatly enjoy his artwork, pacing and storytelling.
My only critique of the book is that it's a first of four and unfortunately ends with no resolution and only sets things up for the subsequent books. But the characters and world Lepp have created begs the reader multiple return visits, which promise a rewarding experience for the reader.
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I gave this to my grandson he is reading this series loved this and was so happy to receive itPublished 18 months ago by jo marie
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This story has a look and feel unlike anything I've read. It speaks to adults and my 7 year old son, with indelible scenes on almost every other page.Published on January 11, 2013 by GinDC
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Ordered this on a whim. Got it and finished it in 30 minutes. Great story - was engaging and drew me in. Unfortunately it was not enough for the money. Read morePublished on March 6, 2012 by JRed